You see I have for a little while, been collecting blue armour pieces for my RP, not for now, but for when I get into the low RR80′s. It was just something I was doing in preparation, having put no real thought into it, just your basic bit of hoarding. However a comment I made on a blog post by Bootae, spurred me into giving it all a bit more consideration. Apart from the set bonuses why would you be hanging onto your sovereign armour, beyond RR85. Maybe there would be a few pieces you’d keep, but really? Maybe your sovereign has some sentimental value, but stat wise I’m not sure it worth the effort.
Lets compare the helm & glove of this rune priest sovereign armour, against just a couple of pieces of blue sub RR85 armour. Now these blues aren’t anything special, just what’s dropped into my lap.
If you take the helm RR83, it’s got 30% more stats (I ignored the +20HP) and a 19% increase in armour, whilst the gloves, which are RR84 provide a 41% increase in stats (Included fortitude) with 20% armour boost.
So if we were to take that across the board, you’re going to be packing a lot more under the bonnet. If your stat values are capping out, then you’ll be able to invest in some % crits or whatever.
Like I said earlier, I hadn’t appreciated the uplift these blues would give, until I actually sat down and did the numbers. As someone more insightful than me said, it’s just like WoW, out with the old and in with the blue.
Of course as Bootae and others have pointed out, it doesn’t address the older armour sets, but I suppose it does give you a small crumb of comfort, if you’ve prepared yourself in advance.
I’m sure some will be going, doh, we knew that, but I always was the slow one in the class, but I just thought it was worth mentioning.